Feb 28, 2011 4:30am PST
: in his weekly radio address president obama urged lawmakers to act fast. >> for the sake of our people and economy we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. >> still, many worry a deal avoid a shutdown could leave lawmakers in the same place two weeks from now. susan mcguinness for cbs news, washington. >> even if the government were to shut down, social security pension checks would still go out. troops would remain at posts and virtually every essential government agency like the fbi, the border patrol and coast guard would operate. >>> former house speaker newt gingrich is eyeing the white house. republican insiders say he intends to take a formal step towards a run for 2012's republican presidential nomination. gingrich has been traveling to key states. insiders say an announcement is likely in the first half of march. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is in geneva for a meeting of u.n. human rights council. the group will talk about possible responses to libya's deadly crackdown on antigovernment protestors. the u.s. is pushing for tough sanctions on the libyan government.